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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal (born 1977) is an American actress. She started out appearing in films directed by her father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, and achieved recognition in a supporting role in the indie cult film Donnie Darko (2001), which starred her brother, Jake Gyllenhaal. Her first critically acclaimed role was in Secretary (2002); she received Golden Globe nominations for this film and Sherrybaby (2006). She appeared in the romantic comedy Trust The Man (2006) and such big-budget films as World Trade Center (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008). She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Jean Craddock in the musical-drama Crazy Heart (2009). She appeared in the theatrical play Closer (2000) and in the television production The Honourable Woman (2014), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. Gyllenhaal is an active Democrat and a supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Before the US-led invasion of Iraq she participated in anti-war demonstrations, and she is active in causes involving human rights, civil liberties, poverty and education. She is married to actor Peter Sarsgaard. (Full article...)

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Approximately 57 people have been head of the Russian government since its establishment in 1726. The chairman of government was a member of the Supreme Privy Council, which was created on 8 (19) February 1726 by Empress Catherine, and from 8 (20) September 1802 ministerial duties were allocated by the Committee of Ministers. Beginning with Count Aleksandr Romanovich Vorontsov, the eldest of the officers was de facto chairman of the committee. Eight years after the inauguration of the manifest, the first de jure office holder was Count Nikolay Rumyantsev. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin, as the President of the Russian Federation, was automatically appointed as the Head of Government of the Russian Federation in the first two years of his mandate. The latter body took the name "Council of Ministers", the chairman of which became Viktor Chernomyrdin from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. According to the new constitution ratified on 25 December 1993, those two entities were separated. Since then, the head of that office takes the formal title "Chairmen of the Government" or colloquially "Prime Minister". Dmitry Medvedev (pictured) has been the Chairman of the Government since 8 May 2012. (Full list...)

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A portrait of a snow leopard (Panthera uncia) at the Rheintal Zoo in Germany. This species of big cat in the genus Panthera is native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. The snow leopard's adaptations for life in a cold, mountainous environment include a stocky body, thick fur, small rounded ears to minimize heat loss, and a short muzzle with unusually large nasal cavities that help the animal breathe the cold, thin air.

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